TALB Update: Friday, June 3, 2022
This current school year, 2021-22, we negotiated the entire contract. The contract is now closed for 3 years except for Article VI Compensation (Salary & Benefits) and 3 other articles in the contract. In order for the Bargaining Team, Executive Board and Rep. Council to narrow down which 3 articles will be opened, they’ll need your input.
On Wednesday, June 8 @ 6:30 a.m. a survey should be sent to you by simply voting. This is the same service we used for our recent contract ratification. If you have changed your email address, please reach out to Ingrid Perez at email@example.com The window to take the survey will close on Friday, June 17 @ 4:30 p.m. The Bargaining Team will review the survey results and construct a bargaining proposal, to be approved by the TALB Executive Board and TALB Representative Council. The survey is only sent to members of the Association. Thank you in advance for your input.
ELECTIONS – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
ASSOCIATION SITE REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS
It is now time for school sites to elect their TALB Association Representative. The “Site Rep” is the most important position in TALB. These incredible volunteers make TALB work. They attend monthly TALB Representative Council meetings to represent the interests of TALB members at their school site. They vote to make policy and chart the direction for TALB. They are the direct conduit for important information and updates.
Get involved, make a difference, serve your colleagues…run to be a TALB Site Association Representative.
Interested? Contact Veronica Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bay Valley Equity/REAC Team Event. On June 2 at 5:00 PM in the Bay Valley office in Culver City, our amazing Bay Valley Equity/REAC Team will host an in-person screening of a documentary film titled “Growing Up Trans”. Encourage anyone interested to RSVP soon since seating will be limited due to pandemic restrictions. Flier and RSVP link: BAY VALLEY EQUITY/REAC TEAM EVENT
- CTA Summer Institute. July 24-28 In person in Los Angeles. Details: SUMMER INSTITUTE
- Saturday, August 20, 2022 – TALB Representative Training
Beer Club – Summer Events? Inquire with John Solomon at email@example.com
*Evaluations | 5 Year Cycle
Contract Language FREQUENCY. Evaluation and assessment of the performance of employees shall be made on a continuing basis at least once each school year for temporary and probationary personnel and at least once every other year for employees with permanent status. Employees may elect to complete their evaluation forms either manually or online. The district and TALB will assess the online evaluation usage and select the best option for future years based on the evaluation usage, security, and effectiveness. Effective with the 2008-09 school year, unit members with permanent status shall be evaluated at least every five (5) years if they have been employed by the district for ten (10) years or more and if the evaluator and the unit member consent to such time line. In order to be eligible for the five year cycle a unit member must be deemed to be “highly qualified” as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act (20 U.S.C. 7801) and his/her most recent evaluation must contain an overall rating of at least Satisfactory or Effective. For eligible unit members who do not teach in “core academic” subjects, qualification requirements shall be the same as for teachers of “core academic” subjects. For eligible unit members who are not classroom teachers the District and Association shall review and agree on appropriate comparable criteria. Either the evaluator or the unit member may withdraw from this cycle at any time and such withdrawal shall not be subject to the grievance procedure. Upon request the evaluator will meet with the unit member to explain the reasons for withdrawal.
Did you meet the eligibility requirements for the 5 year evaluation cycle? Was your box checked off?
Grievance: Thank you to our 3 Lakewood High School members who stepped up to file a grievance on behalf of all staff regarding why the 5 year evaluation box was not being checked on teacher’s evaluations who qualified this year. To qualify for the 5 year evaluation cycle a teacher must have permanent status (on a regular contract), employed with the district for 10 or more years and receive all Effective or higher ratings on their evaluation.
Resolution: All teachers who met the eligibility requirements will have their evaluation revised with the box checked “The evaluatee may be eligible for the 5-year evaluation cycle.” The signature page will be revised and a new copy placed in your box and filed with HRS. If you are eligible, please follow up with your evaluator.
* Please note that per contract, checking the box does not place you in the 5 year evaluation cycle and a future evaluator may pull you off the 5 year cycle for any reason.
Moving forward: The evaluation form will be updated to reflect the recently ratified contract language –
Upon completing the final evaluation, the administrator will indicate if the unit member is recommended for the 5 year cycle. This will indicate to HRS that the member will not need to be evaluated for 5 years. HRS will not notify the site of a need to evaluate the member, however, the current or future evaluator may pull a member out of the 5 year cycle.
*Payroll Errors – We’ve received a few reports of members either being underpaid or overpaid. It is critical that you check to see you are being paid appropriately. Essentially there is a 3 year window. If you are underpaid, you are entitled to recover 3 years of compensation. If you overpaid, you will have to pay back up to 3 years. Article VI – Compensation A #3 Payroll Errors: Proper salary class and step placement is a joint responsibility of the employee and the District. All employees are encouraged to review their salary placement annually and should they believe that they are improperly placed on the salary schedule, they should immediately bring this information to the attention of the District. In the event that an incorrect salary placement results in an underpayment, the District will issue a warrant for approximately ninety (90) percent of the net underpayment from the revolving fund within ten (10) working days from the day the error has been verified and Payroll receives written notification. Full adjustment will be reflected in the employee’s next regular pay warrant. Should the incorrect salary placement result in an overpayment, the employee will reimburse the District the full amount of such overpayment on a repayment schedule developed by the District and the employee. In the event of an error favoring the employee or the District, the error shall be corrected retroactively for a period of up to three (3) years dating from the discovery of the error. “Discovery of the error” is defined as the date the District or the employee first receives written notification.
Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, June 22. School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.
2022-23 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:
2023 Scheduled Meetings:
- June 22
- July 18 (Monday)
- July 19 (Workshop)
- August 17
- September 7
- September 20 (Workshop)
- September 21
- October 3 (Monday)
- October 19
- November 1-2 (Workshop)
- November 2
- November 16
- December 14
- January 18
- February 1
- February 15
- March 1
- March 14-15 (Workshop)
- March 15
- April 19
- May 3
- May 17
- June 7
- June 21
Update your Beneficiaries
The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.